$100K in damages to historic cemetery

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 4:27pm

Waco Police are investigating a vandalism case over the weekend that caused more than a 100,000 dollars in damage to one of the oldest cemeteries in Central Texas.

Holly Browning works as a curator for the Waco Historic Foundation. On Monday she is surveyed damage to the Oakwood Cemetery.

"From what I can tell, alot of the historical information- the names, the dates that we need, are not damaged," said Browning.

Waco Police say at least one person, and possibly more, hopped the fence early Saturday morning and from there, police describe it as a spree of destruction in the historic cemetery.

Damages have been estimated at over 100,000 dollars.

“This is a place of serenity. A place of peace," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton of Waco PD. "A place where people can go spend time with loved ones who have passed on. And for somebody to go in and damage the markers, and to damage a sacred place like that makes no sense at all.”

Police are now asking for the public's help in identifyinbg who is responsible for the senseless acts.

“We put this out on our facebook page and some of the comments out there. Lemme tell you, people are not accepting this at all," said Swanton.

Browning said, “To do things like this is completely disrespectful, not only to the family and their desecendents, but to the community. It just shows a general lack of respect for anybody or anything.”

Those repsonsible are facing felony charges.

If you have information, your are urged to call Waco Police.

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